Vote Michael Boylan for Jacksonville City Council.

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January 16, 2018

Innovative Public Media Leader & Longtime Mandarin Resident Launches
Boylan offers solid credentials, entrepreneurial spirit for City Council

Jacksonville, Fla. – Michael Boylan, Republican, has decided to turn his nearly twenty years of experience in leading an indispensable community asset, WJCT Public Broadcasting, and his prolific community service into making Jacksonville a city that provides a wealth of opportunities for all of its citizens.

During his tenure as President and CEO he used his position to bring together the private, non-profit and public sectors for that very purpose and wants to continue to play that vital role, representing the citizens of Mandarin as its District 6 Councilman. With term-limits, incumbent Matt Schellenberg is concluding his public service on the City Council.

I believe in the power of all three sectors working together to provide better services and a greater return on investment in the expenditure of the tax dollars of hardworking families.”

Boylan is a strong believer in self-determination and as an example of his entrepreneurial spirit, the 35-year broadcast executive led a public-private venture which resulted in the creation of a broadcast operations center here in Jacksonville which currently serves 17 million households in major cities across the country. It not only improved WJCT ’s fiscal bottom line but created considerable operational savings for public broadcasting stations from Chicago to Miami.

From the day he and his family moved to Mandarin in 1999 they became invested in their church and the Mandarin community. Married 42 years, Michael and Susan have two grown children and now have one grandson and one granddaughter. Their daughter Katie is a middle school teacher at San Juan Del Rio Catholic Church, where Michael has served as chair of its last two building campaigns. Their son, Danny, is an Eagle Scout, like Michael. He attributes his achievements to the personal guidance and leadership his father provided in scouting that date back decades in such roles as Cubmaster, Scoutmaster and an Executive Board member on both the North Florida and South Florida Councils.

My children and grandchildren are the main reason I am running. I want to ensure they have a safe community and thriving city to live and work in. But beyond that I believe every family deserves the same,” said Boylan.

Boylan’s focus for Jacksonville includes safer neighborhoods for its families, respectable jobs for its workforce, and downtown revitalization. A nineteen-year Mandarin resident he has a great affection for his neighbors and wants to see their best interests ably represented. He believes he is well suited to do so given his longstanding involvement in city matters and the leadership roles he has taken on in the non-profit sector.

Together, through conservative principles and hard work, we can make Jacksonville a top tier city,” he said.

Among his many community service activities Boylan serves as an at-large Visit Jacksonville board member. The committee is made up of a group of industry professionals and business leaders who serve as a policy board and liaison between Visit Jacksonville staff and the Duval County Tourist Development Council. In order to be an inviting city Jacksonville also needs to be a safe place for its visitors. To that end Boylan believes the City Council should always provide JSO with the right resources for a well-equipped, properly deployed and skillfully managed police force.

Economically, Boylan has come to believe the impact of new GOP tax cuts can boost Jacksonville’s local economy and empower job creators here on Florida’s First Coast.

As a major U.S. city, we need to be ready for what that means in our local workforce and how we compete for lucrative job creation here in our pristine community,” Boylan said.

He is a public servant offering the City Council credentials that make him a uniquely qualified candidate. His community board leadership has included:
★ Leadership Jacksonville
★ Mayor Curry’s Subcommittee on City/Not-for-profit Interface
★ Jacksonville’s Strategic Partnership Steering Committee
★ Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra
★ Volunteers in Medicine (Chair)
★ St Vincent’s Healthcare
★ Community Heath Charities
★ North Florida Long Term Recovery Organization (Chair)
★ OneJax

As Chairman of Volunteers in Medicine, Boylan believes strongly in the network of volunteer doctors and other healthcare providers who serve the working uninsured in need of medical care at a time when many families have no access to healthcare at all.

Sadly, some workers and their families are simply stuck in the middle. Our clinic provides much needed services to those who don’t qualify for any healthcare programs, don’t have an employer-provided plan, or lack the personal finances to pay their way through the current healthcare system,” said Mary Pat Corrigan, CEO of Volunteers in Medicine Jacksonville.

Baptist Health President & CEO Hugh Greene said Boylan has proven to be a strong believer in citizen responsibility, and that Boylan’s work as a member of Jacksonville’s Strategic Partnership Steering Committee, which assists the Mayor’s office in building upon the public and non-profit sectors’ collaborative initiatives, is yet another example of being good stewards of taxpayers’ dollars.

When Jacksonville professionals volunteer valuable resources and time, a spirit of sustainability grows. It’s not a tax payer issue, or even a city council issue for that matter, it’s just an issue of the heart when a caring community can draw upon the strength of its own people,” said Greene.

Michael is a graduate of John Carroll University and received his Master’s degree in Telecommunications from Kent State University. After college Boylan jumpstarted his broadcasting career in 1976 as a television producer which evolved into major management roles at WPBT in Miami before joining WJCT Public Broadcasting as its CEO in 1999.

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